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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Veteran health journalist Barbara Feder Ostrov blogs about all things health journalism-related, in particular providing tips for reporters covering health policy, health reform, public health, community health, local health issues, access to care, health insurance, SCHIP, Medicaid and Medicare.

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If it's attention Chicago Sun-Times execs wanted by hiring the celebrity Jenny McCarthy as a columnist and blogger, they certainly got it. Perhaps not the kind they wanted.

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A new study of mosquitoes' end-run around malaria nets should challenge our assumptions about other worthy public health interventions.

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It's great to get a national reporting internship. It's even better when you land an important lead poisoning story on the front page of USA Today - after only a month on the job.

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Missed last night's Presidential debate? Here's a round-up of analysis of what the candidates said about health - and what they didn't say.

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A public relations industry award highlights a Coca Cola campaign that some critics call "sugarwashing."

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If black kids are seeing more alcohol ads than their counterparts, is it any wonder that alcohol is their drug of choice?

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A New York City teen pregnancy prevention program that offered the morning-after birth control pill to high school students didn't seem all that controversial — at least until the New York Post got hold of the story.

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A just-about-ready-for-prime-time interactive atlas from the CDC can be a great resource for your work.

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So, organic food isn't really more nutritious than food grown with pesticides, according to a new study. Wait, what?...

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Why is the indoor tanning industry demonizing physicians and others who warn of tanning's dangers?

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